Summertime is the perfect time of year to start a home improvement project, so why not start with your hardwood floors? Whether you have been in your home for years or are moving into a fixer-upper, refinishing your hardwood floors is a great way to breathe new life into a space.
Remember: if you have other construction or remodeling work going on in your home, save refinishing your hardwood floors for the very last task. If it is especially humid outside, reschedule refinishing for another time. Take extra care to remove all the furniture from the room you are working on and be careful not to scratch your new work! This article will give you a few more tips when it comes to refinishing your hardwood floors.
Research Contractors and Hire the Right One
There are numerous contractors out there who can refinish hardwood floors, but it is important to find the right one that will work best with you. Ask to see references and a portfolio before you decide to hire someone. Once you have done that, make certain that they are insured and licensed. Write every little detail into the contract; no part of the project is too small or insignificant to not make it into writing. Once you have hired your contractor and are ready to get started, ask what your role in the project will be. Do you need to remove curtains and furniture from the room, or will they take care of that? All of these small details with your contractor should be worked out beforehand so you do not hit any snags when refinishing your hardwood floors.
Plan a Vacation
A huge aspect of refinishing the hardwood floors you need to take into account is that you may need to leave your house for days while the work is being done. You will not be able to use the space at all, as the furniture will be moved away and the floor will need to dry once it is freshly stained. Even though most treatments will be dry in 24 hours, it is always a good idea to leave it be for another day or two for it to truly set. No matter how well sealed off the area is, there are bound to be fine dust particles floating around in addition to odor from the finish itself. All of these reasons contribute to the need to leave your space for a few days while the hard work is taking place.
Questions? RPS Flooring is Here to Help
Whether you are ready to refinish your hardwood floors, or still have more questions, RPS flooring is here for you. Give us a call or visit our showroom! Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.